Balloon Sinuplasty offers Boca Raton sinus sufferers all of the benefits of traditional sinus surgery, but without the cutting and removal of bone and tissue that are required by traditional sinus surgery.
Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter, which is inserted into the sinus passageways and then inflated to open blocked sinus passageways and improve the overall function of the sinus. A widened sinus passageway allows for better drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms. When the Balloon Sinuplasty device is inflated, it safely and gently restructures the walls of the sinus passageways without endangering the integrity of the sinus linings.
If you have been previously diagnosed with a sinus issue such as chronic sinusitis and are so far not responding well to medication, Balloon Sinuplasty may be able to help. There are many sinus issues that can be improved using Balloon Sinuplasty.
A two year study of patients following Balloon Sinuplasty found that most patients reported a significant, meaningful improvement in their sinus symptoms and overall quality of life. Recovery time directly after Balloon Sinuplasty varies from patient to patient, but recovery is typically fast. Most Boca Raton Balloon Sinuplasty patients are able to return to work and their normal daily activities within two days.
To learn more about how Balloon Sinuplasty is helping Boca Raton sinus symptom sufferers, take our test and schedule a consultation!
Dr. Ari I. Wirtschafter graduated from college with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. Continuing his training in Philadelphia, he completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College and his general surgical internship at Lankenua Hospital. Dr. Wirtschafter then completed a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
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Sinusitis is the result of an inflammation of the sinus lining. When the sinus opening becomes blocked as a result of the swelling, mucus drainage can become restricted leading to recurrent sinus infections and persistent sinus pain. Sinus can be either acute (lasting less than four weeks) or chronic, lasting 12 weeks or more. If your sinus symptoms last longer than a few weeks or come back at regular intervals, schedule an appointment with Boca Raton sinus expert Dr. Ari Wirtschafter.
A cold or acute allergy attack often precedes sinusitis. In many cases, colds and allergies cause inflamed sinuses which then lead to blocked sinus openings and a sinus infection. Any time normal mucus drainage is affected, sinusitis is a possibility.
The most common symptoms of sinusitis, both acute and chronic, include facial pain (tenderness around the eyes, nose and forehead), sinus pressure, congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose. Other symptoms often attributed to sinusitis are a diminished smell and taste, headaches, fatigue and sore throat due to throat drainage. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or other symptoms you think may be caused by sinusitis, schedule a consultation for more information.
There are a number of ways sinusitis can be treated. For some patients, non-surgical treatments can be the best option, including inhaling steam or using saline nasal sprays. For others, medications can be prescribed that cure the sinus infections. However, at least 20 percent of chronic sinusitis patients are not successfully treated with non-surgical or medication methods. For these patients, some form of surgical treatment is the next step.
Traditional sinus surgery involves the removal of bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening, decreasing the likelihood that these opening becoming clogged and causing an infection. This treatment, while effective, requires general anesthesia and is typically associated with increased pain, bleeding and time off from work as compared to an office based procedure. For many Boca Raton sinus sufferers, this may not be the ideal treatment for them.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough, modern sinus treatment with the capability to treat chronic sinusitis without requiring any cutting or scarring. During the procedure, Dr. Wirtschafter inserts a tiny balloon into the nose up to the sinus opening and then inflates the balloon to restructure and widen the sinus opening. Balloon Sinuplasty has been proven to be safe, extremely effective and requires a far easier recovery than traditional sinus surgery.
Multiple clinical studies have confirmed Balloon Sinuplasty to provide long-term relief from painful sinus symptoms. The device used to perform Balloon Sinuplasty was cleared for use by the FDA in 2005.
The long-term effectiveness of Balloon Sinuplasty will depend on the individual patient, however it is very unlikely a patient will require repeat procedures. If other factors arise after the procedure or the sinus disease increase in severity after the initial treatment, Dr. Wirtschafter may recommend a follow-up procedure.
More than 420,000 people around the world enjoyed the benefits offered by Balloon Sinuplasty.
Balloon Sinuplasty has a very low complication rate, attributed to its less invasive nature when compared to traditional sinus surgery. There are some associated risks, including possible tissue and mucosal trauma, infection or optic injury. Dr. Wirtschafter can advise you about specific risks and benefits to determine if Balloon Sinuplasty is the best possible treatment for you and your needs.
The duration of the procedure depends on a variety of factors. Dr. Wirtschafter can give you an accurate estimate for procedure time at your consultation, but generally, Balloon Sinuplasty patients spend about 73 minutes in the operating room. Balloon Sinuplasty does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Most Boca Raton Balloon Sinuplasty patients don’t have to undergo general anesthesia, and it is becoming increasingly common for the procedure to be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wirtschafter to see if this might be a viable treatment option for you.
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient, but most who undergo the in-office Balloon Sinuplasty procedure are able to return to normal daily activities within two days. For some patients, it is entirely possible to go back to work the following day. Dr. Wirtschafter will advise you what to expect from your particular treatment.
The cost associated with Balloon Sinuplasty will depend on your health insurance coverage. Reach out to your provider for more information. Dr. Wirtschafter and his staff will be happy to assist you with this process.
Take our simple test to see if your symptoms suggest you are a good candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. If you are a good candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty or if there is another treatment option that would be a better fit for you, Dr. Wirtschafter will ensure you find relief from your sinusitis symptoms.